Cessna Aircraft’s Citation CJ4 obtained EASA type certification on May 18, some 14 months after receiving identical approval from the FAA. The CJ4 made its European debut at last year’s Ebace Convention in Geneva, and the first European delivery was made last October.
Cessna announced today that its newest Citation, the $9 million CJ4, has earned its European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification. The CJ4 obtained its U.S. Federal Aviation Agency ticket in March 2010, and debuted in Europe at EBACE last year.
Certified for single-pilot operation, the aircraft shares a common pilot rating with the other CJs in Cessna’s stable.
Cessna Aircraft has selected Aircell’s Aviator 300 satcom system as optional equipment for the Citation XLS+, Sovereign and Citation X starting with 2012 models. Broomfield, Colorado-based Aircell is a master distributor for Thrane & Thrane’s SwiftBroadband products, including the Aviator 200, 300 and 350 systems, and is displaying the full range of Aircell inflight connectivity products here at EBACE (Stand 1735).
Cessna Aircraft yesterday offered an upbeat assessment of the future prospects for its Citation jets and reported ongoing progress with the new CJ4 and Citation Ten models.
Cessna’s first-quarter revenues of $556 million were up by $123 million from the same period a year ago, but the Textron division still managed to sustain a larger operating loss–$38 million versus $24 million last year.
Cessna Aircraft has confirmed to AIN that it will end production this summer for the Citation CJ1+, the light jet that descends directly from the original CitationJet, which entered service in 1993. The CitationJet was redesignated the CJ1 in 1998 when Cessna added a Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 glass cockpit. In 2004 it became the CJ1+ with the addition of Fadec-equipped Williams FJ44-1AP engines and a 100-pound mtow increase.
Cessna Aircraft confirmed to AIN that it will end production this summer for the Citation CJ1+, the light jet that directly descends from the original CitationJet, which entered service in 1993. The CitationJet was redesignated the CJ1 in 1998 when Cessna added a Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 glass cockpit. In 2004, it became the CJ1+ with the addition of Fadec-equipped Williams FJ44-1AP engines and a 100-pound mtow increase.
Lufthansa Private Jets confirmed the relaunch of its partnership with NetJets Europe, following the closure of its Swiss Private Aviation subsidiary. The German airline also has announced plans to expand its executive charter service into Middle Eastern and U.S. markets later this year. Under the new deal, Lufthansa passengers will be able to book flights in NetJets aircraft with as little as 10 hours’ notice.
Structural assembly work done by Canada-based Avcorp will be transitioned back to Cessna facilities and other suppliers, according to a Cessna spokesman. Avcorp manufactures Citation CJ3 vertical stabilizer, rudder and center wing box assemblies, Sovereign empennage and wing spars and CJ4 components. Avcorp said it will continue filling Cessna orders “until transition, and the transition timeline is not yet defined.